Shotton denies allegations
Ryan Shotton has sounded his frustration at continued allegations he used a secret towel to assist his long throws against Tottenham.
Last Updated: 14/12/11 11:41am
Ryan Shotton has sounded his frustration at the continued allegations he used a secret towel to assist his long throws against Tottenham.
The Football Association is investigating after the versatile defender was spotted lifting up his shift to dry the ball on red towel-like material in Stoke's 2-1 win last Sunday.
Rules designate any towels must be made available to both teams, but Shotton, who took over the long-throw duties from Rory Delap, is adamant he did not cheat.
He wrote on Twitter: "Right, I've obviously not made this clear enough to a few journalists or whoever else wants to have a go ... I wore a vest, not a towel!
"Who would go through the effort of sewing a towel to a shirt? Really?"
Striker Jon Walters has also rubbished the speculation surrounding Stoke's long-throw tactics and any possible aid used by Shotton.
"It was a vest!" he protested. "What are they going to do next, stop lads wearing gloves? What about cycling shorts? Just stop moaning and get on with it.
"The throw-in has been part of football since the game started 150 years ago, but all of a sudden some people want to cut it out to do themselves a favour.
"You look at the last 10 minutes of every match and if a team is losing they will launch it into the box. You look at Chelsea and Manchester City, they are experts at set-pieces.
"But it is Stoke who get labelled as being all about set-pieces. Oh well, you don't score goals passing it along the halfway line."